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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Turnbull Government puts workers first with 457 visa and citizenship changes

The Subclass 457 Visa for foreign workers will be abolished and replaced with a new temporary visa restricted to critical skills shortages.

The move will provide Australian job seekers with more opportunities to find work.


Historically, foreign workers have played a signifi-cant role in Australia's development and will continue to do so, but no longer at the expense of Australians seeking work.


The new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa programme will comprise two streams, short term (two years) and medium term (four years). Both streams will require mandatory labour market testing with limited exemptions, a new
non-discriminatory workforce test and mandatory criminal history checks. The new Temporary Skill Short-age Visa programme will comprise two streams, short term (two years) and medium term (four years). Both streams will require mandatory labour market testing with limited exemptions, a new non-discriminatory workforce test and mandatory criminal history checks. Tightened requirements for English are also a feature.


Implementation of the new visa has already begun, with full implementation to be completed by March next year.


The Turnbull Government’s release of reforms to citizenship requirements put Australian values at the heart of our migration policy. These changes have been informed following the Australian Citizenship: Your Right, Your Responsibility – The National Consultation on Citizenship Report provided by the Hon Philip Ruddock MP and myself to Prime Minister Turnbull and Immigration Minister Dutton last year, as well as the 2016 Productivity Com-mission Report Migrant Intake into Australia.

Australia is one of the most culturally diverse yet socially cohesive nations on earth. A strong migration and citizenship framework continues to underpin this success. Australian citizenship binds all Australians in a common bond that celebrates common values, democratic beliefs and a commitment to freedom and prosperity. A detailed document Strengthening the Test for Australian Citizenship outlining the changes is available at www.border.gov.au.

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